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reyesrobbies:

dc fans are a mix between red lanterns and blue lanterns - burning with blistering rage yet still filled with the hope that dc can’t fuck up any more than they already have

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marvel to dc (via beingnova)

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dcwomenkickingass:

That time the DCU Went Dancing

It’s old school costume time as much of the DCU goes out dancing in this piece by J. Lonergan. I don’t think I’ve ever liked Aquaman more.

knightamazon:

boromirs:

do you ever just look at someone’s interpretation of a character and want to gently put your hands on their shoulders, look them kindly in the eyes and say you got it all wrong

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nitlon:

it is a comforting thought that no matter how i screw up my life i will never be as disappointing as dc comics

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runmonsterun:

SUPER SAILORS GO!

(via themarysue)

thunderfaery:

"Now that we finally got rid of J.H. Williams, we can finally do creepy objectifying covers for Batwoman!" - DC probably

(via goddamn-batwoman)

jaimebluebeetlereyes:

i want the new 52 universe to start falling apart

slowly at first

someone calls bart impulse

someone could have sworn there were five robins, but can only remember three

no one can remember who had the scarab before jaime and he can’t remember where it came from or…

  • me: It's sad how progressive Marvel looks while standing next to DC. It's completely amazing.
  • Kara: which is kind of awful too because Marvel needs help too Marvel needs help DC needs to be in an institution? is that fair?
  • me: Marvel is a middle class, middle America white dude who's been pulled from his suburban all-white high school to go to college with a bunch of people who are different than him.
  • Kara: ooooh
  • me: He's that dick who goes to the women's studies class to 'meet chicks,' and calls everyone bro, and doesn't really GET why his Cinco De Mayo party is really, really kinda racist. But he talks to people who don't look exactly like him and when he's told that he's being a dick he mostly listens and sure he's still got Maxim covers up on his wall, but now he can talk to girls without trying to hit on them.
  • me: DC's the guy who went to the college of people JUST LIKE HIM and entered a frat and hangs out on /bchan and takes pictures of girls who are drunk and falling out of their shirts without their knowledge and text them to everyone he knows, even the girls who are kind of like, ugh.
  • Kara: this is really perfect
  • me: So Marvel has figured out that if he wants to get a date, or more importantly, a second date, he needs to start dealing with women and other people as human beings and he's not perfect and he's still gonna get dumped when he mutters a vaguely homophobic epithet at the waiter at a restaurant, but he's listening in classes and his roommate's cool and they become friends even though they're different races and eventually he ends up in a suite where half his roommates are women who explain that the "make me a sandwich" shirt is the reason he's NOT GETTING LAID. And he stops wearing that shirt, except when he's really drunk and stupid.
  • me: Meanwhile, DC is on facebook, telling boob jokes and then bitterly calling women bitches for not having sex with him and going back to hang out at the local high school football games despite the fact that it gets sadder every year, because everyone who used to like him has grown up and moved out and moved away and he's still there, still talking to teenagers, except he doesn't know the lingo and they're not interested in what he has to say.

hasdcdonesomethingstupidtoday:

The Week in DC Stupidity: When You Can’t Decide Which Article Should Go On the Counter

  While many fans rely on the service provided by HasDCDoneSomethingStupidToday.com for the latest info on whether or not DC Comics has committed an embarrassing public blunder, The Outhouse has had trouble this week figuring out what to put on the counter because DC has been screwing up at a frequency of about 2.25 stupid acts per day since Wednesday. We’re beginning to think DC may be purposely alienating creators, offending people with good taste, and putting their feet in their mouths in a deliberate attempt to overload the counter and shut us down. However, The Outhouse will not be stopped in its quest to provide a timeline for DC’s stupidity more coherent than the continuity in DC’s comics!

With that in mind, we’ve decided that, rather than update the counter today for one of the two most recent publicity disasters, we’d simply provide a timeline for the week so you can decide for yourself.

J.H. Williams and W Haden Blackman Exit Batwoman Over Editorial Interference

This has been the biggest story of the week, with two prominent creators leaving a critically acclaimed book due to constant editorial interference from DC. The story was stupid enough to begin with, but DC has repeatedly doubled down on the stupidity in their response.

09/04/2013 - Midnight Shocker: W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III Walk Off Batwoman

The Outhouse was one of the first sites (if not the first) to report on this story, in which Blackman and Williams released a joint statement on their blogs publicly quitting the book, citing editorial interference. Amongst the various examples provided, they listed the refusal by DC to allow protagonist Kate Kane to marry Maggie Sawyer. More on that later.

Bonus: We joked that Dan Didio was unable to respond because he was preparing for his Fantasy Football draft in a satire article. It turns out this was not too far from the truth…

09/06/2013 - Dan Didio Responds to Williams/Blackman Controversy

After finding out about the departure of Williams and Blackman, DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio took to Twitter to defend DC’s editorial decisions. Of course, Didio avoided the actual issue of constant editorial interference and instead focused on the gay marriage aspect (this had gone viral, but most sites by this time had updated their articles to point out that DC had outlawed all marriages, not just gay ones) and blaming the creators and fans for the problems.

09/07/2013 - Mark Andreyko Takes Over Batwoman, Williams’ and Blackman’s Run Not to Finish?

On Saturday, DC did their best to replace the departing Williams and Blackman with a fan-favorite creator, Mark Andreyko. Under the circumstances, apart from convincing Williams and Blackman to stay, this was probably the best move they could have made. Unfortunately, the excellent choice of replacement was marred by the fact that DC announced Andreyko’s start with Batwoman #25… after Williams had promised fans that he and Blackman had something big planned for their final issue, Batwoman #26, and pleaded with them to stick around and support the character. “You can’t quit! You’re fired!”

09/07/2013 - What?! No! Aquaman Is Not Married to Mera! Why Would You Think That?!

Remember when we said that DC was very pleased to be able to focus on the bogus claim that they were anti-gay-marriage rather than addressing the actual issue of constant editorial interference? Well, they’ve really latched onto that. Besides releasing statements to every blog and media outlet saying that they weren’t homophobes, DC has gone out of their way to prove that they hate all marriages and will never allow any of their characters to get married. To illustrate this, they claimed that Aquaman and Mera, characters who are known as king and queen of Atlantis, respectively, are not married to each other. Well, that settles that then.

Confused over which of those last two to update the counter with, we wrote this article instead.

DC Asks Artists to Compete for a Job by Drawing Harley Quinn Naked and Committing Suicide

Concurrently with the Batwoman stupidity, DC announced a talent search, presumably so they could hire some new creators to later drive off their books. The search involved a script written by Jimmy Palmiotti in which Harley Quinn is naked and killing herself.

09/05/2013 - DC Runs Low on Talent to Drive Away, Holds Open Search For More

The original blog post didn’t include the script, so it wasn’t until after this article that the internet learned that the contest involved this panel:

Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

Pretty crazy, right? Well, it wasn’t quite that simple…

09/06/2013 - DC Releases Script for Harley Quinn Contest, Internet Outraged

You see, Jimmy Palmiotti took to the internet to explain that the script was actually satirical, and Harley Quinn was breaking the fourth wall and commenting on the way DC’s writers treat female characters. By failing to provide this context in the first place, DC created a problem for themselves where there might not have been any at all, or at least where there would have been a much smaller one. Is DC addicted to looking stupid?

3Dnado Continues as Villains Month Covers Hit Stores

The debacle surrounding DC’s 3D Villains Month Covers has been an ongoing source of stupidity at DC, with the company opening itself up to public embarrassment multiple times over the course of several months because of their insistence on using ridiculous 1990s marketing gimmicks to sell comics rather than quality stories told by beloved creators. Do you think DC might have learned a lesson from this at some point? Nope!

09/04/2013 - DC Producing Photoshopped 3D Cover For Villains Month Omnibus

DC created turmoil when they were unable to fulfill the orders retailers placed on the original set of 3D covers, forcing shops to scramble to satisfy angry customers. They also had to cancel and resolicit a set of second printings of the 3D covers, and it was previously revealed that the covers were so expensive that DC was losing money on them. So you would think, after all of that, they’d stop announcing new 3D covers, right? Wrong.

As a bonus, the article above contains links to all the past 3Dnado stories.

09/04/2013 - DC Fails to Credit Creators on Villains Month Covers

Just because DC is in the middle of pissing off fans and retailers doesn’t mean they don’t have time to insult creators as well. It turns out that the 3D covers featured no creator credits. This could be attributed to the covers taking so long to print and DC having a history of shedding multiple creative teams on a monthly basis, therefore making it impossible to know what team would actually be on any given book by the time it hit stores. However, the 2D versions of the covers, printed later, didn’t have credits either, so it looks like it really wasn’t an oversight, but a deliberate focus on the gimmicky covers over the substance inside.

So there you have it. The week in stupid from DC Comics. Keep up with the latest in DC Stupidity by checking HasDCDoneSomethingStupidToday.com. To be safe, you might want to check on hourly basis.

You could also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and RSS, where you’ll get to see the stories even before we update the counter, particularly on weeks like this, where there’s so much stupidity we have to figure out which of it to even put up there.

Finally, a public service announcement of sorts. It has been reported that some DC staff have been receiving threats of violence in response to DC’s problems. It’s not the first time this has happened either. While it is always funny to laugh at DC for being inept, it is NEVER, EVER funny or remotely acceptable to threaten someone with physical violence because of comic books. Please, please stop this, and if you see someone doing it, call them out. It’s not cool. It’s not funny. It’s not going to accomplish anything productive. If you want to inflict violence on people over comic books, go and seek professional help immediately.

And now for something completely different.

(via ramblingmoose)

dcwomenkickingass:

Well, this week happened didn’t it? In a week where DC probably thought it would riding the kick-off of Forever Evil and their first motion covers into Buzz central, things turned out a bit different. JH Williams and Haden Blackman quit Batwoman after DC’s refusal to let Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer marry became the final editorial interference that broker the proverbial camel’s back.

That story went worldwide and the stories are still appearing. DC’s stance is that it has nothing to do with gay marriage which I mostly agree. DC seems to be just plain old anti-marriage in the new 52 which I wrote about two years ago. 

DC of course has been spinning and spinning both on Twitter and behind the scenes.

Today they announced Marc Andreyko will be taking over the book. Andrekyo, who is openly gay, was the writer of the terrific Manhunter series which Dan DiDio helped keep in print. So that’s good news.

Dan Didio spent one night responding on Twitter to readers inquiries and that didn’t help too much as some of his responses were, well, eyebrow raising.

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Wait wasn’t of the reasons they wanted to reboot everything Or maybe not? Who can remember why they rebooted as there were just so many reasons.

But progress isn’t just marriage, it’s relationships, it’s birth, it’s death too. So will those be seen as hampering stories? Are we to be left with a Groundhogs day where characters just go through the same old stories over and over again?

Perhaps that’s what they want? A world where the characters never age beyond 25 and never grow up? 

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And let us not forget about Dick Grayson in Forever Evil…..

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dcwomenkickingass:

The Grant Morrison Wonder Woman project commonly referred to as Wonder Woman: Earth One has a new title. On the Kevin Smith podcast, Fatman on Batman, Morrison said the title is actually Wonder Woman: The Trial of Diana Prince.

Like just about every interview he’s given on the project, Morrison goes on and on about sex. In this case he goes also discusses the life of the creator William Marston and his relationships with his wives. I have to say it’s a little off putting the way the Morrison chooses to describe their life as weird and laughs as he talks about it given that the Marston family is still around. 

I also have to say that while I’ve tried to be a little good humored about Morrison’s inability to discuss Wonder Woman without discussing sex it is becoming a bit tiresome and veering into problematic.

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milo-xaben:

grimandhopeless:

These are all extremely fair points

Damn good read!

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tinyredbird:

luanna255:

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all (x)

What is missing currently from the comics I used to love

(via runicbinary)